Project Mimazina


In these challenging times, it’s very important to stay together and connect with one another. The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern art in association with the Foundation Press are eager to announce the Mimazina online publication. At its core, this is a digital community journal where people from Tess Valley can share their stories.

What is Mimazina?

Mimazina is a weekly journal, one that appears every week since its first issue was released in April. The idea to gather memories, stories and creative content from this time of change is unprecedented, and it really goes to show the unique opportunities but also the demanding situations people are dealing with at this time.

What is a Zine?

The word zine has come to represent a range of small-batch, DIY, “magazine-like” publications in terms of form and content. A Zine is a self-published, non-commercial print-work that is typically produced in small, limited batches.  Zines are created and bound in many DIY ways, but traditionally editions are easily reproduced—often by crafting an original “master flat,” and then photocopying, folding, and/or stapling the pages into simple pamphlets.

Understanding more about the Mimazina concept

Since its inception the Mimazina magazine released 12 issues, and there’s a new one being released every Tuesday. The unique approach here is that the publication itself is localised, it shows the unique perspective that people from Tess Valley have around this time and how they are dealing with the covid virus that has changed our lives. Sharing voices can bring in change, and that’s exactly what makes this so special to begin with. It’s a very different, unique thing that you just can’t find anywhere else nowadays. The true power and belief brought by the publication is here to empower people and let them know that the community stands together and works hard to bring in a sense of change throughout the entire industry.

What can you find on Mimazina

The design is unique and it features a vast range of artwork pieces and ideas that you will be fascinated with right away. On top of that, you will also enjoy great content like Tessside stories from years long gone or things like being able to share pictures with art pieces you own and like. This section is named Our Homes Are A Museum and it really is a spectacular insight into the world of art.

There’s another section named Things to Do where you can find ideas for artmaking. If you want to be creative and artsy at home, this section will keep you busy for quite some time. The Mimazina magazine also has a section where you can share your creative works by submitting them when they are ready.

Within Mimazina you will also notice that there are numerous interesting Folk stories. Everything here is designed to showcase current but also old school ideas related to the community and how it has changed in the past few decades to begin with. There’s even a Growing Up section where you get to find how to reuse items, how to repurpose them and try out all kinds of ideas.

In fact, the magazine itself goes even further by adding a Recipe Book section. If you’re looking to cook something new and different, then every week the Mimazina magazine can help you do that. They share some interesting and really impressive recipes that you can also customise a bit to your own taste.

Lastly, the Mimazina has letters from the audience and some replies, content from the archive where you get to see old school stuff but also recommendations and ideas and even a comic strip. If you live in the Tess Valley, you need to give the Mimazina publication a try, it’s free and it helps you connect with the local community and interact with it during these challenging times!

You can find out more about Mimazina and get involved visiting or @mimauseful on social media.

This article has been supported by Mima.

Article by Chloe Tempestoso

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